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Romania barred from Eurovision for back debts

Stockholm - Romania has been barred from this year's Eurovision Song Contest for failing to pay millions in debts to the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU said Friday.

Ex-head of Romania communist work camp jailed for 20 years

Bucharest - An 88-year-old Romanian communist-era labour camp commander was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for crimes against humanity committed over half a century ago.

Home of Romania's Ceausescu opened to the public

Bucharest - The opulent former residence of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was opened to the public for the first time on Saturday some 26 years after the fall of his Communist regime.

Romania turns its back on dark past of Roma slavery

Bucharest - For generations, they were owned by the rich and powerful, who bought and sold them as chattels.

Rare Giotto copy emerges from Transylvanian church ruins

Budapest - A jewel among the wild grass? A Hungarian historian is convinced that patches of fresco in a Transylvanian church ruin are a rare medieval copy of a legendary masterpiece by Italian maestro Giotto.

Disneyland Paris pickpockets traced to source — Romania

Paris - A joint operation by Romania and France against pickpockets targeting visitors to Disneyland Paris and other French tourist sites has borne fruit, nabbing the ringleaders and exposing their methods.

EU chief Tusk says 'real' risk of EU breakup over Brexit vote

Bucharest - European Union chief Donald Tusk warned Monday there was a "real" danger of the 28-nation bloc breaking up over so-called Brexit and called for greater EU coordination to address the risk."This is a critical moment.

Op-Ed: Assessing the future in a reliable way: Elizabeth Florescu Special

Since time immemorial, man has wished to see the future. Now, some people are fortunate enough to do it as their job. They are called futurists.

Romania asks UNESCO to protect planned open-cast goldmine site

Bucharest - Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine.

Romania struggles to confront Holocaust past

Bucharest - More than 70 years after the Holocaust, the suffering of survivors in Romania is often overlooked or played down, even if the country has taken some steps towards recognising what happened, historians and survivors say.

'Last chance' for Moldova after mass protests: PM

Bucharest - Moldova's new Prime Minister Pavel Filip said Tuesday that his government faces a "last chance" to regain public trust as the country a battles deep political crisis, calling for calm from protesters demanding his resignation.

Angry shepherds — thousands of them — storm Romanian parliament

Bucharest - Nearly 4,000 shepherds stormed Romania's parliament on Tuesday, furious over a new law that limits the number of dogs they can keep to protect their flocks.

Teen's death pushes Romania nightclub fire toll to 60

Bucharest - The death toll in the nightclub blaze that toppled Romania's government late last month rose to 60 on Sunday, following the death of a teenaged student in an Austrian hospital, medical sources said.

New Romania PM unveils technocrat government

Bucharest - Romania's prime minister-designate Dacian Ciolos named a technocrat government on Sunday, tapping European Union experts as well as private-sector leaders to steer the country until elections next year.

When Romanian inmates pick up the pen to earn freedom

Bucharest - They may be athletes, businessmen or politicians but the minute they are jailed, Romanian convicts often morph into "men of letters" thanks to a law allowing those who write a book while inside to get out quicker.

Romania nightclub fire toll rises to 54

Bucharest - Four more people have died from injuries sustained in a nightclub blaze that toppled Romania's government, bringing the toll to 54, doctors said Thursday.

Former EU commissioner becomes new Romania PM

Bucharest - Former EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos was on Tuesday appointed Romania's new prime minister, following last week's resignation of Victor Ponta after mass anti-government protests sparked by a deadly nightclub fire.

Romania president meets with protesters as fire toll mounts

Bucharest - Romania's president appealed for protesters' support on Sunday in reforming the country, as the death toll rose to 45 from a horrific nightclub fire that brought down the government.

Death toll from Romania nightclub fire rises to 41

Bucharest - The death toll from a horrific nightclub fire in Bucharest that brought down the Romanian government has risen to 41, officials said Saturday.

Romania's ex-PM Ponta in court on graft charges

Bucharest - Victor Ponta, who quit as Romania's prime minister this week after mass protests, made his first appearance in court on corruption charges.

Romania's Ponta in court on graft charges after quitting as PM

Bucharest - Victor Ponta, who quit as Romania's prime minister this week after mass protests, made his first appearance in court Friday on corruption charges.

Romania appoints new interim PM after deadly nightclub fire

Bucharest - Romania's president appointed Education Minister Sorin Campeanu as interim prime minister to replace Victor Ponta, who quit following mass anti-government protests sparked by a deadly nightclub fire.

Victor Ponta, Romania's fallen star

Bucharest - Victor Ponta, who resigned Wednesday after a deadly nightclub blaze drew tens of thousands into the streets, carried hopes for a renewal of Romanian politics on his young shoulders.

Romanian PM quits over club blaze, but protesters unsatisfied

Bucharest - Romania's embattled Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned Wednesday, after a deadly nightclub blaze prompted mass demonstrations, but his move failed to stop tens of thousands from taking to the streets for a second night.

Bucharest club fire turns political as rally demands PM's ouster

Bucharest - More than 20,000 people rallied in Bucharest Tuesday demanding Romania's prime minister resign over a deadly nightclub fire that claimed 32 lives.

Romanians mourn nightclub fire heroes who died giving 'lesson in love'

Bucharest - Romanians on Tuesday paid tribute to two men who sacrificed their lives to save several youngsters trapped in a burning Bucharest nightclub, hailing them as heroes who gave the country a lesson "in life and love.

Heart of Romanian queen laid to rest after 77-year journey

Bucharest - The heart of British-born queen Marie of Romania was finally laid to rest on Tuesday after criss-crossing the nation for 77 years.

Romania disco bosses arrested over deadly blaze

Bucharest - Three bosses of a nightclub in Romania, where a weekend blaze left 31 people dead and nearly 200 injured were arrested Monday on suspicion of manslaughter, prosecutors said Monday.

Thousands march as Romania disco fire toll rises to 30

Bucharest - Thousands of people marched in central Bucharest on Sunday to honour the victims of a weekend disco fire as the death toll from the tragedy climbed to 30.

Oldest Romanian mine closes after 156 years

- The lift rose slowly, bringing workers to the surface for the last time at Romania's Petrila mine, ending production at what was once a proud symbol of the country's coal indusry.
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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Traian Basescu, President of Romania since 2004.
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The University Square is an important place in Romanian recent history.
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The Transfagarasan is a road in the Southern Carpathians in Romania.
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Romanians wearing traditional Romanian clothing stand near booth where cookery is being sold. National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011
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Graves in Ghencea military cemetery, Bucharest, Romania
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Ceramic at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011
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